Friday, February 28, 2014

Silver Wedding Anniversary Card

Another couple I know is celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary!
This is the third card I've made celebrating such a momentous occasion
the past several months, plus there was a 50th Anniversary
celebration I created the pop open box for last fall!

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!

The raised, dry embossed areas were painted with a shimmery Pearlex paint.

Sentiment stamped with silver Encore ink.

2 5 die cut from silver metallic card stock,
the same type used for the card base.

How I made the tiny dimensional roses:
Punch a small scallop circle from lightweight paper.
Cut into a spiral.
Lightly soften the fibers by running a bone folder along it.
Twist it up around a pair of tweezers.
Glue into place on a small circle or flower punch base.
Gently smoosh it down with your thumb to make the petals curl back a bit.
Insert a tiny rhinestone in the centers.
Punch out  leaves and paint with shimmery paint. 
Attach all pieces with a strong liquid glue / low temp hot glue.

This card requires extra postage due to the dimension.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Welcome Home

Simple Red, White and Blue card
 I put together and mailed out
to a young second cousin of mine.
She served our country for five years.

There are two others still in the service and 
 another is considering signing up.

My father, grandfathers, most of my uncles,
several of my cousins (male and female)
have all served.

Thanks to everyone that has served or 
is currently serving and to their families! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Color Challenge at OWH

a color challenge this week -

Hyla cat giving this card a little kiss!

Supplies form Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Circle Card Thinlits die set ,
Dots and Daisies background stamp,
Bermuda Bay ink and card stock,
white Signo gel pen,
yellow scrap flower punches,
yellow rhinestone (unknown)
scrap of shimmery white paper (underneath HI die cut)

TIP: Die cut the card before stamping the background.
Cut a mask from sticky notes to cover the circle portion .
Cover the circle with the sticky note mask then carefully stamp the 
background. If you use a large background stamp as I did,
it won't be large enough so you will need to line it up and stamp it
twice to cover the background. 
I colored the little outline flower images in
with ink and an aquapainter. 
To save time, consider cutting decorative papers
and adhere them over the card base OR
cut the card from decorative card stock.  

Hero Arts stamps

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Woodgrain Technique Cards

I created these cards for the Woodgrain Tutorial Reprise post
at Operation Write Home this week.

Supplies and tips for the Howdy card:
Bronc Buster stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Woodgrain Background stamp, Stampin' Up!
clear alphabet set, Technique Tuesday
Naturals card stock
Basic Brown ink, Stampin' Up!
Tea Stain, Weathered Wood and Linen distress inks
wide jute ribbon (craft supply)
sandpaper, acrylic paint and Folk Star punch
blade of scissors scraped along the edge of the 
card stock to distress it 
ink rubbed along the distressed edges

TIP: I don't know how many people really pay attention
to the detail of punched sandpaper painted to
replicate an old rusty barn star, but I love to add that touch.
The texture of the sandpaper is perfect for the rusty metal !
Don't forget to pinch in the points to give it dimension.

Stamp the background stamp with a permanent ink
then smear distress inks over it,
slightly dampening the card stock to make the inks smear.

This card is supposed to resemble a framed piece of art
hanging on a wall.

I shared a post a couple of years ago about how I make these frames.
They do take some time and patience.

Basically you drag ink pads across card stock,
speckle it with a darker ink
then lightly gouge the card stock with blunt tip scissors.

Cut it into strips of equal width.

Cut miter corners then piece them back 
together to create the frame. 

My sample above uses Creamy Caramel card stock
and ink as well as Soft Suede and Going Gray inks
for dragging. Chocolate Chip ink  for speckles.

The stamp image from 
Thoughts of Father by Stampin'  Up! 
is water colored with classic inks and
and aquapainter.

The Old Olive background piece
was stamped with an old Paisley background stamp
from Stampin' Up! and Olive ink. 

Thanks for looking  =) 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Freezing Rain

A few photos from the freezing rain last week:

It looks like the ice is starting to melt in this photo with 
the water droplets falling from the icicles, but it is not.
This is freezing rain, so the rain falls but it is so cold
that it freezes when it comes into contact with the 
ground, trees, etc. 
This would actually be icicles forming as the water
runs down off of the barn roof. 

Forecast for last week, and it was pretty accurate !
We had the freezing rain which caused many, many problems
on Monday. It did get quite warm (68 degrees) in the early 
afternoon on Thursday before the severe storms, winds 
and even three tornadoes in the general area hit. 
The temperatures tumbled and we saw a mix of rain
and freezing precip Saturday night. 
It is the war of the seasons here for sure. 
Next weeks forecast: 
dry but cold all week with the warmest 
day hitting the freezing point and the lows
overnight near the single digits in the outlying areas
a couple of nights. 
Well below normal for this time of year.........

Sunday, February 23, 2014

You Make My Heart Race Card

(I need to add Crystal Effects to the headlights!)

I created this card using the sketch challenge at
Operation Write Home today, #213.

It is another kind of goofy card
to add to the cards I'll be donating
to OWH at some point.
I've been making a lot of those lately it seems.

The digital stamp/word art was created by myself using
the new My Memories Suite V5 software.
It has new clear background and export as PNG features ! 
You can do the same thing using
 Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.

To make this word art, 
all I did was create four different
text boxes and used four different
fonts / sizes for the words.
I should have searched online for a
more race car / fast looking font, I think.

I moved them around
and adjusted the sizes 
until I liked the look. 
I exported it as a PNG from the MMSV5 software

I'd like to spend more time learning how to
create word arts/digital stamps.
 It's another one of those
"If I had more time in the day...." projects.

The other images are stamp images that were available from Stampin' Up!, a couple of them are quite
old and no longer available (Tire Tracks wheel, Bold Check Frame). The car (Need For Speed) is the closest I have to a race car image. It was colored with a Real Red marker from Stampin' Up! 

The heart was die cut from a scrap of red fleece material that was sitting on my work table using an old Movers and Shapers die from Stampin' Up! . I thought it would be fun to use something different than card stock. Also a kind of "Thoughts of you warm my heart" touch - oh, that's a good idea for another card like this actually ! Maybe if I do make that one, I'll dig out some scraps of paper for the strips rather than make my own from stamped images.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Firefly Shaker Card

"You Light Up My Life"
card created for the 
I also used one of their sketches, # 2

I originally made this little firefly to use on 
the I Love You S'more card I shared recently,
but decided against it so I 
made this card with the little bug. 

The papers are from an old 
Die Cuts With A View Spring paper stack
Also black card stock, metallic silver card stock and acetate.

Polka dot ribbon, unknown
and attached with hot glue.

Yellow acrylic craft paint sponged onto the
black card stock to create
the look of a lightning bugs glow in a
jar at night.....not quite as I had envisioned though.

Paper piercer and mat 

 "Shaker" part of the card for the bug in the jar

Stamp jar on front piece of card stock and cut out center.

Stamp on piece of acetate with Stazon ink, apply double stick tape
to both sides. It will be sandwiched between the 
black card stock front piece and card board.
(omit double stick tape on one side if you are using
a double stick foam tape)

Stamp and cut out center of jar from thin cardboard ,
this is to make the depth for your shaker.
use a thick double stick foam mounting tape
adhered around the edge of the jar opening.
I don't have any so I used an old light bulb box.

Sponge paint on inside piece of card stock that
the bug will rest on. This creates the "glow";
you may have other mediums you'd prefer to use.
Note: the corner of my piece is missing because it was
a scrap I used, the corner won't show anyway.

Firefly made from Word Window, Heart (trimmed the point off of it)
and Circle punch, all were from Stampin' Up!

Two googlie eyes

Glitter GLUE, not loose glitter

Black and yellow card stock

The wings were punched from, of all things,
a piece of black "gel pen" book cover paper
leftover from my kids' elementary school days !

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Going, Going, Gone

The top two photos show the snow melting on the 19th.
This snow had been on the ground for every bit of two weeks.
It started with a 6" snow fall early in the month
then several other smaller snowfalls 
and even an ice storm on top of that on the 17th 
(I have photos to share of that, still). 
This has been the snowiest 
and coldest winter many of us can recall. 

Early morning of the 20th, 
so much snow melted overnight as the temperatures
actually rose overnight !
You can barely see some of the remaining fog
caused by the warm humid air settling over
the frozen creek and remaining snowy areas.

The snow was quickly melted yesterday afternoon with the 
temperatures hitting near 70 degrees just before 
yet another cold front blew in. 

Three PM, just an hour after the above photo was taken, 
we were hit with strong storms that had 40-60 MPH winds.
You can see in the photo above that the wind was already picking up,
the wind was whipping the flag. 
Some winds were clocked at near 70 Mph ! 
It remained windy throughout the night and today.
Just a few more limbs down at our house 
and thankfully all the shingles stayed on though
many, many people had damage at their homes
and businesses. 

Of course with all of this crazy weather we've had,
everyone wonders what the spring will bring,
how bad will the thunderstorms get in our area,
how many tornadoes and what is on my mind most,
how bad will the flooding be this year ? 

Awwwww, Hyla kitten enjoying the new napping spot 
I made her today.
She loved sitting on the kitchen table looking out the window
at birds, I didn't like that so much,
so I had the brilliant idea to set this up for her:

An old chair that is window sill height ! 
I think she needs a bigger chair though
and definitely a comfier blanket or pillow to lay on.
Then again, she looks quite content as it is :) 

Yes, despite her angelic looks when she 
is dreaming of catching mice, 
she is still quite the menace of a cat.
She never has been one to cuddle
and ask to be petted/scratched.
When she does she will let me pet
her for maybe a minute than all of a sudden,
she will attack me and bite ! 
Makes me sad......
I've never had a cat that acted like that.
At least she has learned to catch mice
which is why I brought her home in the first place :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Love You S'More Card

This weeks Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home :
Let Your Light Shine !   Go take a look at all the inspiring creations, there are InLinkz at the bottom of the post that have thumbnails of each card.

I had all sorts of ideas, but in the end I decided to make this card. It sort of works for the recent Punny Challenge, too (scroll down to see sentiment I stamped inside card) !

The light on my card:
light of the campfire
the childrens faces lit up with big grins

I Love You 
S'More Each Day ! 

 Campout stamp images and small scattered stars
background stamp are from Stampin' Up!
Snap Stamps for sentiments
Basic Black, Whisper White, Glossy White card stocks
Markers and inks, all from Stampin' Up!
sponge, masks, eyelet

Here is how I made the stamped /sponged image:

I started with a piece of white glossy card stock.
I stamped the images with permanent black ink.
This was a bit tricky since the girl and boy
are on a single stamp and are really close to one another, 
the campfire on a different stamp
I stamped the fire first then very carefully inked 
just the girl, stamping her off to one side.
I cleaned the stamp really well,
carefully inked the boy image
then stamped him off to the other side.
He is a bit closer to the fire, not intentionally.
I almost scrapped this piece and started again
because I didn't like him that close then thought
"You know, if it were real life a little boy
probably would be closer to a fire...."
though not THAT close !

I colored them in with markers from Stampin' Up!
and used a blender pen on the fire.

White crayon on the marshmallow and socks
to help resist ink when I was sponging. 

These are the masks I made to cover the colored in images
while sponging on ink.
Removable sticky notes are the best paper for this.

I tore a piece of scrap paper then laid it over my masked images.
I then sponged on a couple colors of brown ink to create the ground.

I removed the torn paper mask from the ground 
and carefully sponged on yellow and dark gray inks
to simulate a bonfire in the evening.
I really would have liked a black ink,
but I don't have a good, true BLACK ink.
The black ink I have always comes out dark purple looking. 
This was a dark gray ink, but it sponged on much lighter than I 
expected it to. Oh well...................

Closeup of the cute campers
making s'mores image .
These stamps are from an old set by Stampin' Up!,
It is the first time I ever used it, gasp !!!!!!!

One of the two Snap Stamps sets I bought 
a long, long time ago.
Whenever I pull them out to use them,
I wonder why I didn't try to find more styles and sizes of them.
They are individual letters that you snap together
to form words to your liking, fun ! 

This is what I stamped on the inside of the card 
and made the banner sentiment with on the outside.
Goofy, I know.
I used a black fine point ink pen to add an
apostrophe between the S and M
after I stamped it on the inside of the card.

This was going to be a firefly embellishment on the card.
In the end I decided he was a bit too big -
and a bit too much -
for this particular card.
I have a stamp set with a jar in it,
I'll probably use it to put him in it
and add a "You Light Up My Life" sentiment. 

It was made with half of a Word Window Punch ,
 a trimmed off heart punch and small circle punch, from Stampin' Up!
The gold glitter is a glitter glue and it will be adhered behind
acetate when I use it on a card so it will be safe to send
to Operation Write Home (no glitter on cards !). 

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ringo and Cassie, Friends - Digi Scrap Page

A page I created with a template (I use them as a sketch, eyeballing placement of the pieces since templates don't work with the software I use) from the Scraps-N-Pieces website.

Ringo kitty never knew he should "fear" Cassie dog, he was such a teeny tiny kitten when my son found him, slightly injured, in our yard years ago. We never saw a mommy cat or other kittens. He grew up trying to be Cassie dogs buddy, sleeping on her huge dog bed and he would've shared her food if Cassie would allow it. Ringo loved Cassie, rubbing up on her quite often. She wasn't too fond of it, she never snapped at him, just tried moving away from that annoying cat. Unfortunately he'd do this when I did not have a camera so these are the best two photos I was able to catch. He disappeared one year ago this past month at a healthy 5 years of age. Cassie will be been gone three years next month. She had been sick for some time and was 13 years old.

Yeah, I was feeling a bit sad missing my buddies again and this snowy winter we've had did not make it any easier - they both loved going out in the snow with me :(

The kit used was Love You Mom by Loni at GraceBlossoms4U.

CK Ali's Hand font for the quote and Pupcat for my pets names.

The author of the quote is unknown to me. This quote is actually on a magnet I was given many years ago, I've always liked it. There was no author given credit to on the magnet, only the trademark / logo of the company that manufactured it (American Greetings).

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Free Digital Kits

Available through February 23rd only , get them before they are no longer free !

Monday, February 17, 2014

Love Squared Cards

I donated this set of cards to Operation Write Home.

The stamp images, inks, papers, square die and stripes embossing folder were all from Stampin' Up! though many of them are now no longer available.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

OWH Sketch Challenge 212

My takes on this weeks sketch challenge at
Operation Write Home.
They don't follow the sketch exactly.
Click the link above to see many more
inspiring card samples.

I thought making a ribbon run through the card stock
rather than bitty banners on the front
would be a fun take on the sketch for the above card.

Finishing Flourishes stamp set, My Favorite Things
Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze card stocks - Stampin' Up!
Brown with white back card stock, Lasting Impressions
Early Espresso ink, Stampin' Up!
sponge for inking edges
5/8" chocolate grosgrain ribbon
ruler, straight edge and Xacto knife

Image Tree Swanky Upper stamp set
unknown clear alpha for "birthday"
Seasonal Solids stamps, Stampin' Up!
assorted inks, Stampin' Up!
Whisper White, Summer Sun card stocks, Stampin' Up!
textured bright blue cardstock, unknown
black Sharpie marker
paper crimper (I don't know the last time I used that!)
scrap paper to make masks for stamping over the balloons,
making it look like some are in front of others

Thanks for looking =)